Duties and Delights: The Life of a Go-Between

Interviews with Catherine Portevin

Tzvetan Todorov

Tzvetan Todorov

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424 pages | 6 1/2 x 8 | © 2008
Cloth $39.95 ISBN: 9781905422890 Published October 2008 World sales rights except India
Tzvetan Todorov is one of Europe’s leading intellectuals. Beyond his work in cultural and literary theory, philosophy and psychoanalysis, Todorov’s influence is extraordinarily far-reaching specifically because of the clarity of his writing and his refusal to be bound by systems of thought and disciplinary straitjackets.

Todorov’s many writings include The Poetics of Prose, The Conquest of America, Mikhail Bakhtin: The Dialogical Principle, Facing the Extreme: Moral Life in the Concentration Camps, On Human Diversity, Hope and Memory, Imperfect Garden: Lessons from the Twentieth Century and The New World Disorder: Reflections of a European.

Duties and Delights presents a series of interviews with Tzvetan Todorov which illuminate the paths that he has taken, the paths that he has crossed and the paths that he has opened up for others.

Foreword: To Live According to Nuance
A Peasant from the Danube
From Poetry to Structures
Criticism of Structuralism
The Peasant in Paris
Human Diversity
The Humanist Bark
Humanism: Practices and Works
The Moral Meaning of History
Memory and Justice
The Contiguity of Opposites
Epilogue: The Life of a Go-Between
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